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SRIA discusses November air show
The Santa Rosa Island Authority is continuing to discuss the possibility of hosting an air show this November.
NAS Pensacola's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Department brought the idea up to the SRIA. They want to host a civilian air show on Veterans Day weekend.
Since sequestration has kept the Blue Angels grounded, it's hard to say if the blues can participate.
Channel Three's Jenise Fernandez brings us the latest on the plans for an air show.
I'm here at the Santa Rosa Island Authority, where that meeting was held a few hours ago.
Board members like the idea of an airshow in November, but they all agreed: they want a show with the Blue Angels.
Twenty-four civilian acts wowed thousands on Pensacola Beach this past July.
Although the show was enjoyable, the SRIA says they did not fill up hotels the way they would have if the Blues were flying.
"They're fun to watch.. Through the sky."
Richard Lockery is vacationing from Tennessee. He's seen the Blues perform before, and doesn't think a November trip is worth it unless the Blues are flying.
"Veterans Day, the Navy... Like a glove on your hand."
November is usually the Blues homecoming show. But sequestration has them grounded.
A Spokesperson for the Blue Angels says its too soon to tell if they can participate, but they'll be ready if given the green light
Lt. Katie Kelly
"The Blue Angels have been maintaining a level of proficiency ... As quickly as possible."
Board members are still punching in the numbers, but it looks like the air show would cost about 200-thousand dollars.
With the Blues fate up in the air, some board members don't know if its worth it, especially since November is not a popular time for the beach.
Thomas Campanella, SRIA board
"It's football season, it's hunting season.. The children are back in school."
The board tossed around different options, like having civilian acts sign contracts contingent on if the Blues fly, or having vessels ready for the Blues.
For Pensacola resident Joe Colla, he plans on supporting an air show, with or without the Blues.
"If anything just to show solidarity... And support the economy here in Pensacola."
And the spokesperson with the Blues says they'll have a better idea of where they stand come October, when the new fiscal year is set to begin.
The Santa Rosa Island Authority plans to make a final vote on September 11.
Reporting live in Pensacola Beach, Jenise Fernandez, Channel Three News.